The first Central Government funded Technical Institute (CFTI), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi reduce its carbon footprint by more than 50 %. Recently the institute had signed a bilateral power purchase contract with a hydropower generator in Himachal Pradesh for 2 Megawatt (MW).
An official statement said buying 2 MW of power completely from ‘green’ generators is identical to off-setting about 14000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The institute said open access provisions in Electricity Act 2003 have made it feasible to buy power from the generators of their option through energy exchange or bilateral contracts, for large consumers of power like IIT Delhi. IIT- D made use of these requirements to its advantage by implicating PTC India Ltd. as a trader to recognize a source of ‘green’ power.
Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, speaking about the milestone said benefiting green power through open access is another crucial endeavor that they have taken in recent times to share our responsibility towards a clean climate. IIT Delhi has constantly shown a path and provided leadership for new initiatives like these. Through many such assertive actions, they are making a good improvement in achieving the target of making their campus sustainable, smart, and green. The Institute has ideas to expand the green power investment portfolio soon.
Dr. Abhijit Abhyankar, Associate Dean (Infrastructure) and Professor, Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi said it is required that IIT Delhi would do substantial cost saving with green power procurement. The Institute also wants to expand this endeavor by exploring further cost-saving opportunities given by the energy exchanges in India. Benefiting open access to acquire green power entailed adopting a protocol laid down by state and central electricity regulatory commissions for obtaining approvals from the local utility, various load dispatch centers, installing open access meters, etc.